NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton’s pastor has acknowledged he plagiarized part of the prayer commentary he sent her the day after she lost the presidential election, a devotional that is at the heart of a book he published Tuesday.
The Rev. Bill Shillady said in a statement he was “stunned” to learn that his devotional, “Sunday is Coming,” was so similar to an earlier blog post by the Rev. Matt Deuel of Mission Point Community Church in Warsaw, Indiana. Shillady said he has apologized to Deuel and will credit the Indiana pastor in future editions of the book, titled “Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton.”
The book is a collection of some of the Scripture, devotionals and inspirational writing that Shillady, a United Methodist Church minister, emailed to Clinton, a lifelong Methodist, during the campaign.
Mary Catherine Dean, editor-in-chief of Shillady’s publisher, Abingdon Press, said in a statement, “We fully accept his explanation that he did not intentionally leave Matt Deuel’s passages unattributed.”
Deuel said he noticed the similarities when CNN published the devotional last week. Deuel said in an email that he spoke with Shillady on Monday and accepted the Methodist minister’s apology.
Shillady leads the United Methodist City Society, a social service agency in New York. He officiated at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, led a memorial service for Hillary Clinton’s mother, Dorothy Rodham, and gave the closing benediction at the Democratic National Convention. Clinton wrote the forward to his book.
Shillady said he sought inspiration for the Nov. 9 email by searching for material along the familiar Christian theme of holding onto hope and emerging from adversity.
“I searched for passages that offered perspective of this theme. I am now stunned to realize the similarity between Matt Deuel’s blog sermon and my own. Clearly, portions of my devotional that day incorporate his exact words,” Shillady said in a statement.
Shillady credited Deuel with graciously accepting the apology. “My entire approach to this book project has been to credit all of the many ministers and sources who contributed to the devotionals that were written for Hillary over the course of the campaign,” the Methodist minister said.
Clinton is scheduled to discuss the book with Shillady at a Sept. 7 event in New York. A representative for Clinton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Trump Considers Pardon for Joe Arpaio, ‘America’s Toughest Sheriff’
By NTD Television
President Donald Trump is considering pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio as early as in the next few days.
Arpaio is known for his tough stance on illegal immigration. As sheriff, he continued to carry out traffic patrols against illegal immigrants even after a judge ordered him to stop.
Arpaio was found guilty two weeks ago of criminal contempt for defying the judge’s order.
“I am seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio,” President Trump told Fox News on Sunday.
“He has done a lot in the fight against illegal immigration. He’s a great American patriot and I hate to see what has happened to him.”
Arpaio earned the monicker “America’s toughest sheriff” for his tough treatment of inmates, which included issuing male prisoners pink socks and underwear, housing inmates in tent camps without air conditioning, and reintroducing chain gangs for both male and female prisoners.
The 85-year-old sheriff was convicted of misdemeanor contempt of court by U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton for maintaining traffic patrols for illegal immigrants 17 months after being ordered to stop.
He’s expected to be sentenced on Oct. 5. Arpaio faces up to six months in jail, but given his age and spotless record, lawyers doubt he will receive any time.
Arpaio’s legal team is planning to appeal the conviction because they believe the case should have been heard by a jury rather than a judge.
“The judge’s verdict is contrary to what every single witness testified in the case,” his attorneys said in a statement after the verdict.
“Arpaio believes that a jury would have found in his favor, and that it will.
Arpaio, who endorsed Trump for president in January 2016, was surprised that his legal troubles were on the president’s radar.
“I am happy he understands the case,” Arpaio said. “I would accept the pardon because I am 100 percent not guilty.”
Arpaio expressed concern that a pardon would earn Trump unneccesary fire, saying that he would remain a supporter regardless of whether he receives a pardon or not.
“I would never ask him for a pardon, especially if it causes heat. I don’t want to do anything that would hurt the president,” Arpaio said.
Trump has so far not granted any pardons.
“Is there anyone in local law enforcement who has done more to crack down on illegal immigration than Sheriff Joe?” asked Trump.
“He has protected people from crimes and saved lives. He doesn’t deserve to be treated this way.”